New Balance Vazee Prism v2

Best Lightweight Trainers

Many runners see lightweight trainers as the best way to mimic the feel of racing. Whether for a fast workout or for a long run, lightweight shoes can be a great alternative to traditional daily trainers. Personally, I like to rotate between cushioned running shoes on my average run and lightweight running shoes for anything fast; that lengthens the lifespan of both shoes and works different muscles.

Below are the ten best lightweight running shoes, five for runners seeking a neutral shoe (those who pronate minimally) and five for those who looking for a stability shoe (those who pronate more significantly). These comprise shoes that are excellent to train in and even run a race in.

Number 10

Adidas Adizero Prime

Adidas Adizero Prime

The Adizero Prime takes lightweight running and redefines it. We started with the Adidas Primeknit upper—a one-of-a-kind material that's both breathable and incredibly strong. Then, we sculpted it to fit your foot in any direction. This gives you a snug, comfortable fit that adapts to every step. We then fused this socklike structure with an ultra-light, ultra-flexible sole made of Continental Rubber – the same stuff they use to make tires. Put them on and you'll feel like you're barely wearing anything at all.

The Adizero Prime shoes were designed to be sturdy and lightweight, made possible with an innovative weaving method called Primeknit. This breakthrough technology makes it possible to create a supportive shoe in an extremely lightweight package. Members of the Adidas Primeknit family, these shoes have a stretchy, sock-like upper for a barefoot feel and to keep you comfortable on long runs. The shoe's Anti-Cage construction technology prevents movement between the forefoot and midfoot.

The Adizero was designed to meet the needs of an athlete who requires a shoe that offers protection, stability, and support. Boost is Adidas' most responsive cushioning platform, offering maximum energy return for quick reaction before your foot even hits the ground, and keeping your feet close to the ground for bigger impacts.

Men's Adidas Adizero Prime
Men's Adidas Adizero Prime

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Number 9

New Balance Vazee Pace v2

New Balance Vazee Pace v2

A relative newcomer from New Balance (it replaces the 890), this shoe is light, secure, and feels fast. And unlike its other Vazee cousins like the Vazee Rush and Vazee Coast—both priNew Balance designed this version to provide a responsive and smooth ride in a sneaker that delivers under pressure. The Vazee Series combines a standard collar with an internal bootie. A breathable mesh upper features soft synthetic overlays and a stretchy chassis for a supportive fit. An asymmetrical lacing system offers a personalized fit, while the combination of Pro-Lock laces, tongue stabilizer, and internal heel counter secures your foot during your workout. A lightweight molded EVA midsole reduces shock on impact and works with the rubber outsole to lend durability and traction.

Constructed with a lightweight and breathable mesh fabric, the women’s MaxTraxion TR III GTX is a great choice for athletes looking for a stability shoe that still offers a barefoot-like feel. The Vazee Pace v2 is a lightweight trainer that delivers an even lighter and more responsive ride than its predecessor, which was already very popular with our test runners at Runner's World. It features a redesigned outsole to provide quick ground contact and a dynamic ride. The upper is now made of a lighter microfiber.ced at $75—the Pace feels (and is priced) like a premium shoe. The Vazee Pace has a nicely cushioned insole and roomy toe box. A few more strides in, and you'll realize it's a surprisingly firm shoe that feels very fast. The biggest downside of the shoe? The upper isn't great and, when not laced properly, it can feel constricting.

New Balance Vazee Pace v2
New Balance Vazee Pace v2

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Number 8

Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4

Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4

The Wave Sayonara 4 is a neutral running shoe that takes inspiration from the Wave Sayonara 4. This lightweight trainer is for the runner who wants the benefits of added cushioning but doesn't want to sacrifice too much speed. A relatively firm ride promotes quicker turnover, and a lightweight aspect feels fast initially but loses a little over long distances.

The Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4 is designed with a more fluid, flexible ride that promotes a faster pace. Steve describes this shoe as soft and lightweight, which may be true for those runners who desire less cushioning. However, the low- to mid-foot has some support with good arch stability. The composition of this shoe makes it responsive and rigid enough for the long-distance runner, but still fluid and flexible for the racer. The Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4 is a moderately cushioned shoe for those runners who want a lightweight shoe that still provides some protection and responsiveness.

Get the lightweight, breathable support and cushion you need with the Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4. Lightweight mesh, a plush footbed, and sufficient cushioning make this shoe an excellent choice for both training and racing.

Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4

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Number 7

Brooks Launch 5

Brooks Launch 5

The Brooks Launch 5 delivers the energy return of a racing flat with the comfort and durability of a trainer. In the new version 5, which debuted in spring 2013, the upper has been completely redesigned to improve fit and reduce weight. The redesigned overall shape is more contoured and secure, with no excess materials on the toe or heel. This shoe also features an all-new midsole that combines speed DNA cushioning with DNA stabilizing crash pad technology for added support.

The Launch 5 offers the comfort, durability, and ride feel of a trainer mixed with the speed and lightweight characteristics of a racing flat. The specially designed spring plate coupled with Brooks' BioMoGo DNA midsole technology provides comfort and cushioned support for many miles ahead. The Launch 5 is a perfect blend of cushion and durability. The dynamic offset or "smile" encourages midfoot striking, and the BONTRAGER DNA midsole provides just the right amount of cushioning for every mile. Ideal for aggressive runners who hit the pavement hard, the Launch 5 can withstand everyday training and marathons alike.

Brooks Launch 5
Brooks Launch 5

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Number 6

Saucony Kinvara 8

Saucony Kinvara 8

The Saucony Kinvara 8 is not for beginners. It is made for those who want to go fast and farther. We upgraded us fan favorite neutral running shoe while keeping it true to its sole, in the eighth edition. Its upper fabric is stripped down and bonded to lightweight mesh to achieve a more comfortable form fit with more space in the toe box. With the full-length EVERUN topsole for more energy return, you can expect to be flying pretty high yourself when you hit the pavement.

Featuring a full-length EVERUNTM topsole, the Saucony Kinvara 8 offers more energy return in every step. We've upgraded while keeping it true to its sole. This lightweight running shoe's form fit and breathable upper make it a go-to option for everyday comfort. This low-profile trainer has a breathable mesh upper, an updated sock liner, and an outsole with 4D flexibility design so you can run in comfort on any terrain.

Saucony Kinvara 8
Saucony Kinvara 8

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Number 5

New Balance Vazee Prism v2

New Balance Vazee Prism v2

New Balance's Vazee Prism v2 boasts a lightweight upper for elite speed, while the Nova Midsole provides support and comfort through impact. The shoe is designed for speed, fit and feel. These features make it a performance-driven running experience that will make you fearless on the track. The New Balance Vazee Prism v2 is a more supportive, stable, and high-energy running shoe from New Balance. The shoe's unique outsole design uses strategically placed "windows" to increase flexibility where needed without compromising durability or ground feel.

The next generation of the Vazee Prism offers a dynamic fit that allows runners to feel stable and fluid in every step. Using lightweight support, the upper is constructed with an engineered mesh that offers a combination of breathability, flexibility, and support. The midsole features an IMEVA+ foam layer for a lightweight bounce back while maintaining soft cushioning qualities. Built with a FLYTEFOAM heel wedge to offer motion control and responsiveness under your feet. New Balance added carbon rubber at the toe and heel for durability on the court and natural grip on the footbed. For an elevated experience in lightweight performance running.

New Balance Vazee Prism v2
New Balance Vazee Prism v2

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Number 4

Saucony Mirage 5

Saucony Mirage 5

The Mirage 5 brings the same lightweight cushioning from the Guide with the bonus of good stability. The Mirage 5 blends light sock-like comfort with awesomely efficient guidance, resulting in a nimble neutral trainer that encourages you to run, jog and sprint at will. The Mirage 5’s rim offers a springy, responsive feeling that contributes to easy turnover on the ground or in the air.

Unleash your inner runner with the ultra-lightweight Saucony Mirage 5. This shoe is designed for efficient running in the 5th mile and has a sleek, durable upper for a fast race day in your favorite running events. Built from the same proven construction as our race-ready Guide, the sprint-friendly Mirage 5 is built around a lightweight midsole and delivers the instant responsiveness of Guidance Line to keep you out front. Our Team Sraflite midsole provides superior lightweight cushioning. Mirage 5 is ready for fast miles, race day speed work, and everyday training runs to keep you poised to win.

Saucony Mirage 5
Saucony Mirage 5

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Number 3

Adidas adizero Tempo

Adidas adizero Tempo

Adidas Adizero Tempo sneakers are designed for the athlete on the go. This lightweight shoe is built to last, yet remains flexible, allowing for a smooth stride. Its full-length Boost midsole provides maximum energy return and cushioning, while its micro-adjustable strap ensures a customized fit. These shoes are light, responsive, and covered from heel to toe in protective Continental rubber. Designed for runners with a mid-to forefoot strike, a mix of mesh and synthetic leather offers comfort and great breathability, balancing the protection from the Continental rubber outsole. Most people run in neutral shoes, so, luckily, these shoes offer a stability element, unlike other shoes in their category.

The adizero Tempo is a running shoe that combines style and lightweight. Featuring a synthetic leather/suede upper, suede 3-Stripes, and rubber outsole details, Tempo is perfect for an active style. With a featherlight feel and a snug, adaptive fit, the adizero Tempo gives you the freedom to fly at top speed through every workout. Boasting an innovative upper design made from support-boosting, breathable knitted mesh, this shoe is designed to promote natural flexibility with each step.

Adidas adizero Tempo
Adidas adizero Tempo

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Number 2

Asics Gel-DS Trainer 23

Asics Gel-DS Trainer 23

The Asics Gel-DS Trainer 23 is designed to provide a supportive, speedy, and cushioned ride with an Adjustable Slit Upper for enhanced support and breathability. Featuring the new DuoSole outsole for an even smoother transition and an updated design, the GEL-DS Trainer 23 offers stability, flexibility, and durability in a lightweight running shoe that's unrivaled on your training runs.

This shoe is engineered to perform. Built with a new adjustable slit upper, the DS Trainer wraps and supports the foot while giving runners an inviting fit. It’s more lightweight than its predecessor and constructed with an updated dual sole system that provides traction and flexibility for a fast run. The GEL-DS Trainer 23 shoe is designed to enhance stability and support for hard distances. Featuring a new Adjustable Slit Upper that provides extra support and an updated DuoSole outsole for enhanced traction and flexibility, this shoe will help you perform your best.

The Asics Gel-DS Trainer 23 is engineered to perform by wrapping and supporting the foot with an updated Adjustable Slit Upper combined with an updated DuoSole outsole. This lightweight, speed-focused shoe builds on its predecessor's powerful reputation.

Asics Gel-DS Trainer 23
Asics Gel-DS Trainer 23

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Number 1

Brooks Racer ST

Brooks Racer ST

The Brooks Racer ST is designed to help you run fast and efficiently. The dual-density medial post, along with a liquid-filled hyropolymer in the heel cushioning, is engineered to reduce impact shock and disperse your energy as you hit the ground. The ride is smooth, so you can stay steady and keep moving forward.

These insoles are made for Brooks shoes but are also an excellent addition to any of your favorite trainers. The high-density posts are designed to provide full support for runners who overpronate. Features include extra cushioning for added comfort, maximum support in the arch, and fluid-filled heel cups to absorb impact in a smooth motion.

The Racer ST is the ultimate performance running shoe, combining maximum cushioning and smooth ride with a fast transition. Its unique design optimizes the foot-strike zone, for a smooth feel underfoot mile after mile. Brooks Racer ST shoes are designed to help you run stronger, faster, and more powerfully for longer by ensuring proper support and motion control.

Brooks Racer ST 5
Brooks Racer ST 5

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